Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson

About the Book
An unlikely spy discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution.
As the British and Continental armies wage war in 1781, the daughter of a wealthy Virginia plantation owner feels conflict raging in her own heart. Lydia Caswell comes from a family of staunch Loyalists, but she cares only about peace. Her friend Sarah Hammond, however, longs to join the fight. Both women's families have already been divided by a costly war that sets father against son and neighbor against neighbor; a war that makes it impossible to guess who can be trusted.
One snowy night Lydia discovers a wounded man on the riverbank near Caswell Hall, and her decision to save him will change her life. Nathan introduces her to a secret network of spies, couriers, disguises, and coded messages---a network that may be the Patriots' only hope for winning the war. When British officers take over Caswell Hall and wreak havoc on neighboring plantations, Lydia will have to choose between loyalty and freedom; between her family's protection and her own heart's desires.
As both armies gather near Williamsburg for a pivotal battle, both Lydia and Sarah must decide how high a price they are willing to pay to help the men they love.
Part of the American Tapestries™ series: Each standalone novel in this line sets a heart-stirring love story against the backdrop of an epic moment in American history. This is the fifth book in the series.
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My Thoughts
This book really pleasantly surprised me! I went in expecting a book that was good but not anything to spectacular, but that expectation was quickly and efficiently shattered! This book was SO good!
One of the things that made this book so great was the way that the author showed just how hard life during the American Revolution was for the colonists. I never really thought about just how difficult it would be for some to choose which side they were on! And it really must have been a hard decision, one that you could never be sure the consequences of!
I also really loved all of the characters and how real they were. Everyone from the main characters to the minor were all written so believably and you could really see exactly where they came from. The author did a great job of making you feel exactly how you should about each character whether it was love of the heroes and heroines, disgust for the “bad guy”, or a mixture of the two for other characters.
Another great thing about this book was how the story started and ended many years in the future, it was cool to see how the characters lives ended up and how the hero and heroine's love for each other never diminished.
And lastly I really enjoyed all the historical aspects of the story. George Washington is one of my favorite historical figure and I did a lot of research about him during my four years of high-school so I love reading stories set during the Revolutionary War and lining them up with his time-line!
I highly recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction and good books!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
Melanie Dobson is the author of twelve novels; her writing has received numerous accolades including two. Carol Awards. Melanie worked in public relations for fifteen years before she began writing fiction full-time. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides with her husband and two daughters in Oregon. Read more at

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Melanie Dobson's latest release, The Courier of Caswell Hall, is a riveting story you won't want to miss. The newest offering in the American Tapestries™ series, it follows an unlikely spy who discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution.

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Brooke @ i blog 4 books said...

Oh I loved this book too! Glad you enjoyed it!!

Anonymous said...

I would sure love to win one of these 5 books. Sounds real good. Thanks for the chance.
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